Ears, Nose, Throat and Bollocks.

Ginger | 28th November 2013

Just been to see the Ears, Nose and Throat specialist. Lovely fellow, very agreeable demeanour. Reminded me of a kinder looking Chris Eubanks until he started ramming a lubed-up tube in me nose and down into me gullet, at which point I started to think that being punched by a champion level boxer would be a might preferable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not ‘painful’ painful as much as it’s ‘horrible’ horrible. Y’know that ‘dentist rummaging around in yer gob’ horrible? (or getting those ‘swabs’ at a VD clinic, should you have ever been unfortunate enough to face that treatment, which I’m not ashamed to say I was. Y’know the small q-tip, and then the bigger one? Do they even do that any more? It was back in the early Quireboys days. Simpler times. I digress…)

Anyway, turns out that when I get sober (which I, currently, still am… man it feels like a fucking lifetime) fit and healthy, start working out like crazy and lay off the junk food I stop taking my Lanzoprazole (heartburn medicine) as I don’t appear to need it. Seems that the subtle-but-still-active acid reflux has still been pumping digestive fluid into my throat and playing merry hell with my vocal chords, only in the most painless manner, unlike the agony that is a red wine induced attack that acts as a huge alarm bell/indicator to take a couple of pills.

See? Drinking IS good for me, I fucking knew it.

Gotta see a speech therapist next week and a vocal coach after that. So this could be a good thing. Probably will be. Most bad things are simply good things wrapped up in untimely arrival.

Other news? Albion is done, the album and the title track. I was watching the road movie recently (lovingly cobbled together by Ash, a genuine champ of a fellow – this was a helluva task I can tell you), which will be featured exclusively on the DVD that you have already coming your way Pledgers. ‘Albion’, as it turns out, was the first song written for this album. Imagine how unpleasant it would have been to find that out later, if we hadn’t featured the song on the album? Anyway, it’s a mad track. Jon has gone proper prognasty on the keys for this one, and shows where his true calling lies..but more on that later.

I’m stunned at how live and involved the album sounds. In fact I went through a phase of not even liking it due to how utterly dense and packed it is (it just confused the shit out of me) and now that’s the reason why I’m growing so fond of it. I suspect you will feel something of the same emotions when listening, which I cannot wait for. Heaven and Earth wouldn’t budge so we can’t get the hard copies with you by Xmas, but we’ll be holding the listening parties this Yule, and I can’t wait to get involved with you in that festive little treat.

Speaking of listening parties, I know I said this would be the last solo album offering from me and I meant it, but I’m still writing a ton of material that doesn’t really fit anywhere. Too  melodic and light for fans of The Wildhearts, and too weird and incohesive to release as an album in itself. What the Hell do I do with these new songs?

Hmmm…I’m formulating a plan on how to get this material to the most hardcore fans out there, but I’m still very much in the planning stages and won’t be revealing much until next year. The Wildhearts may or may not be recording again in 2014, but regardless I feel like I shouldn’t turn my back on people who actually like the other material that I write (don’t worry, I know some of you hate it, I’m actively ignoring you right now). So, I’m thinking more of a fan club type thing that enables me to get up close and personal with those of you that like the tuneful and off the wall stuff. I don’t see The Wildhearts releasing anything ‘lite’,  should we release anything, so rivet heads (of which I include myself) will be more than taken care of in the rifferama area. Still, I do like to write a lot of decidedly un-Wildhearts material.

Anyway I’m still just thinking about it all while the songs keep flowing out of me. Thinking and thinking and thinking.

Speaking of The Wildhearts we’ll be touring in April as you are probably aware of by now. Obviously a lot of you are surprised and confused by the Jon/Scott switch. The truth is Jon had already committed to touring with a prog rock supergroup in April. In a delicious twist of fortune we found this out after Scott had been asked, and subsequently confirmed to be on the tour. We hadn’t quite figured out exactly how to fit two bass players in the band, and now we don’t have to. Funny how things happen if you let them, innit? Don’t worry about who is or isn’t the full time bass player in The Wildhearts. They both are.

Elsewhere this month I met and interviewed Ron Mael of Sparks, one of the very biggest influences on me as a writer. It was an amazing experience and something that the wonderful Eugene at Vive Le Rock magazine had promised me years ago. True to his word I finally came face to face with the wonderful Mr Mael to pick his brains on all things punk, Sparks and DIY. He is an amazingly nice gentleman, and most true legends tend to be. The interview will appear in the December edition of Vive le Rock, featuring Slade on the cover, so make sure to grab a copy.

I think that’s it for now. Funny but there always seems to be a ton of stuff going on even when there’s nothing going on. I really should consider doing a podcast, shouldn’t I?

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Birthday Bash. The jury is out on how much or how little I’ll be singing at that point. I’m hoping I can do the whole 3 hours, but I have more than enough guests to cover for me should the worst happen and my voice completely buys it. I can’t remember a year when we had so many guests offering to take part. It’s a wonderful feeling.

Anyway, we’ll be there. Try to make sure that you are too, alright?

Alrite!

 

3 responses to “Ears, Nose, Throat and Bollocks.”

  1. Andy says:

    Have a few sessions back on the grog before the bash and hopefully you’ll be sorted out eh?

  2. Nick Smith says:

    Good to hear there’s an understanding of the cause of the vocal issues at least. Actually thought it may be your reflux problem as it came up repeatedly when I Googled the issue a while ago. Hope there’s a fix as your voice has been a constant companion of mine for going on 18 years now! Best wishes! :)

  3. Paul says:

    since when were wildhearts “just heavy”?
    Dreaming in A, Nite Songs, jonesing for Jones, Lillys Garden, Geordie, Bad time to be having a bad time.
    Maybe some of these off the wall lighter songs should be recorded by the wildhearts, in the spirit of earlier bsides, fishing for luckies and phuq?

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